(NR) USA – 1 hr 30 min
1996 · d. Cheryl Dunye
Starring Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valerie Walker, Camille Paglia
When a Philadelphia filmmaker sets out to uncover the identity and story of a ’30s Black actress credited only as “The Watermelon Woman,” she discovers startling parallels to her own life. At once a rom-com, mockumentary, and historical excavation, The Watermelon Woman made history as the first American feature directed by a Black lesbian and endures as a major work of the New Queer Cinema movement.
This screening will be presented in conjunction with the film course Women Artists on Women Artists, taught by Jennifer Fleeger, Ph.D. Seating for screening-only attendees will begin at 7:00 pm. Just want to see the film? Purchase your tickets from this page.
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